Dr. Iverson Bell Jr.
Congratulations on your interest in psychiatry! Part of the mission of the Department of Psychiatry is to focus on educating medical students and postgraduate trainees in the science and art of psychiatry.
You are considering a unique field that requires a wealth of medical knowledge used in concert with skills of interpersonal interaction to treat patients who are often misunderstood and misrepresented in common society. This is an exciting time for our field. Research and technological advances are helping to elucidate the pathologic processes that underscore these illnesses. As a result, we are learning more about psychiatric disorders, as well as gaining a clearer understanding of current and potential new treatments. Additionally, more is being understood about the impact of mental illness on general physical health.
The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center takes seriously our mission of providing well-trained psychiatrists who are confident in their skills and prepared to contribute immediately to the local and state community and the field in general. To do this, we provide training in the “Core Competencies of Psychiatry”. Our faculty work constantly to ensure that our residents have the best exposure and experiences available to develop their skills.
Please take the time to look through the site, and contact us if you have any questions or would like more information.
Iverson Bell Jr., M.D.
Director, Psychiatric Residency Training Program